Foreign language placement exams
Placement exams are required for all students with prior course work or experience in a language they plan to study at KU. Some of these exams are available online and need to be completed one week before your orientation. Others can be taken only after you arrive on campus for classes. For more information on languages offered at KU and placement exams, visit Foreign Languages. You will need your KU Online ID & password to take the exam.
Math placement exams
Math placement is based on math ACT or SAT scores and high school and college math courses completed and is strictly enforced (see the table below). If you think you are ready for a course but do not have the required math ACT or SAT scores, you may take a placement exam free of charge. Preregistration is required. For more information and to preregister, contact the Math Department at 785-864-3651.
|Placement Table for Initial Math Enrollment|
|Course||Math 002||Math 101 or
|Math 115||Math 125|
|Math 002||=||Intermediate Mathematics|
|115||=||Calculus I (required for pre-business, pre-med, & architecture)|
|125||=||Calculus I (required for engineering & many science majors)|
All majors at KU require completion of at least two English courses (most require three). Consult the Online Advising Guide or KU website for degree program requirements. If you have not completed the English Composition requirement for your major through advanced placement or transfer equivalency, you must enroll in an English course during your first semester at KU. Good composition skills are essential to success in many courses at KU.
Initial enrollment in an English course is based on advanced placement or transfer credit (if applicable) or on your English ACT/SAT score as listed in the chart below.
|English ACT/SAT Initial English Course at KU*|
|0-26/0-599||ENGL 101 Composition|
|27-30/600-649||ENGL 102 Composition & Literature|
|31-36/650+||ENGL 105 Freshman Honors English|
*Students in the Honors Program at KU follow alternate placement guidelines and will be advised of such during orientation.